Down from the trees (updated)
One of the tree-sitting protestors illegally attempting to block construction of new athletic facilities next to Memorial Stadium at the University of California has fallen from his perch and sustained serious injury. Charles Burress of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Nathaniel Hill, who fell at least 30 feet on Sunday night, was in stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said."It's just kind of a fluke that it happened," the 24-year-old Hill said in a phone interview from his hospital bed Monday afternoon. He said he broke his wrist and ankle, both of which are in casts.
Hill said he asked to be taken to Highland Hospital because that's where he was born, although he was raised in Buffalo, N.Y. He said he came back to the Bay Area to participate in the tree protest.
Update: David Cone writes:
Highland Hospital is the trauma center for northern Alameda County.
If you are pruning a tree, and you fall 30 feet to the ground from any tree in northern Alameda County, and the EMTs determine you need a trauma evaluation, you will go to Highland Hospital regardless of your insurance status or personal preference. If your tree is in south county or east county, you will go to Eden Medical Center, again regardless of preference or insurance status. If your child falls out of a tree and needs a trauma activation, he or she will go to Childrens Hospital Oakland.
For that matter, if an Alta Bates employee falls off the roof of the Alta Bates emergency department, he or she will be transported directly to Highland Hospital. Alta Bates is a fine hospital, but it is not a trauma center.